Drew University is a small (1,500 undergraduates and 700 postgraduates) private university situated approximately 25 miles outside of New York City in Madison, New Jersey. Madison is a walkable town offering a variety of places to eat or workout within minutes from campus.
Famous "Ranger" alumni include Albert Baez - physicist and father of singer Joan Baez, Peter Leone - United States Equestrian Team member and 1996 Olympic silver medalist, James Van Der Beek - actor, Craig Stanford - director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at the University of Southern California, and Kathy Chan - Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor.
Top 5 Parent Picks when visiting Drew University:
Get tickets to a show at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey located right on campus.
If you are a history buff visit Washington's Headquarters Museum and then explore Jockey Hollow.
Enjoy an ice cream at McCool's, a beer at Twin Elephant Brewing Company, or brunch or lunch at Slamwich Scratch Kitchen.
Take a short drive to Duke Farms for a walk or bike ride around the grounds.
Catch a train into Manhattan to explore the city or catch a Broadway show.
Crystal is a Senior from Missouri. One quirky fact about Crystal..."I can say the alphabet backwards!"
Rachel is from the Class of 2017 and she is originally from Litchfield, CT. One quirky fact about Rachel..."I paint and sell custom designed shoes!" She is also a member of Cape Harmony!
Catherine just graduated!!!! She is originally from Medford, Massachusetts AND she is a member of Cape Harmony! One quirky fact about Catherine..."I love anchors! Call me cliche but they're so cute!"
Joie, a member of the class of 2020, is from Sumner Maine. One quirky fact about Joie..."I speak 3 languages!"
Alex is a Junior from New Jersey. One quirky fact about Alex..."I only wear socks with a fun pattern on it."
Inji is a Junior from Seoul, South Korea. One quirky fact about
Inji..."I like Wes Anderson Movies."
Fun fact about Drew University:
Crystal - Madison is a beautiful town in a very safe area.
Rachel - Drew University is ranked in the top 10 most haunted universities in the country.
Catherine - Drew University is said to be haunted and hosts a plethora of ghosts stories. There is also an underground tunnel system that was used in the underground railroad.
Joie - We have a disappearing pond called Tipple Pond.
Alex - Prior to 1867 Madison, NJ was known as Bottle Hill, NJ.
Inji - We're super close to NYC but our campus is very traditional, so we get to have the best of both worlds.
Favorite Ice Cream Parlour and Flavor:
Crystal - McCools.
Rachel - McCools, Coconut chocolate almond.
Catherine - McCools.
Joie - McCools is the best ice cream parlor and it has really good Raspberry Sorbet.
Alex - McCools, Coffee Bar.
Inji - McCools, Chocolate Raspberry.
Bakery and Favorite Sweet:
Crystal - Crowley's Cupcakes.
Rachel - Crowley's Cupcakes - red velvet cupcakes!
Catherine - Crowley's Cupcakes. I love the Snickerdoodle cupcake!
Joie - Crowley's Cupcakes, S'mores is my favorite.
Alex Crowley's Cupcakes.
Inji - Baba's, Portugese Egg Tarts.
Burger Joint and Fries:
Crystal - Smashburger in Florham Park.
Rachel - 54 Main or Urban Table.
Catherine - Urban Table in Morristown! Best turkey burger around!
Joie - Nautilus Diner.
Alex - 54 Main.
Inji - Slamwich, ROSEMARY FRIES!
Finger licking good BBQ spot:
Inji - Slamwich, again!
Vegetarian Hot Spot:
Inji - Palm Thai.
Pizzeria and go-to pie:
Crystal - Nicky's Firehouse Restaurant and Urban Fire.
Rachel - Italian Village (grandma pizza).
Catherine - Italian Village. The Specialty Grandma Pizza is to die for!
Joie - Urban Fire or Romanelli's.
Alex - Nicky's Firehouse Restaurant, cheese pizza.
Inji - Nicky's Firehouse Restaurant, Firehouse special.
Diner and Favorite Dish:
Crystal - Nautilus Diner, I love their flavored pancakes.
Rachel - Nautilus Diner, eggs and bacon!
Catherine - Broadway Diner in Summit. It's a little farther of a drive but they have great pancakes!
Joie Nautilus Diner, two eggs over easy with bacon and whole wheat toast.
Alex - Nautilus Diner, Happy Waitress.
Inji - Nautilus Diner, Pizza Bagels.
Sushi and your go to roll:
Crystal- Blue Wazabi, Dragon Roll.
Rachel - Masago, Ninja Roll (this place is a tiny hole in the wall but has some of the best sushi in the area and is half off when you pay in cash)!
Catherine - Masago in Morristown. I love their Crazy Friday roll.
Joie - Takuma, the spicy scallop roll.
Alex - Blue Wazabi.
Inji - Takuma, Spicy Tuna Roll.
Breakfast Spot with a friend or date:
Crystal - Bagel Chateau.
Rachel - Morristown Pancake House.
Catherine - Bagel Chateau. It's where my love for Taylor Ham grew.
Joie - Bagel Chateau.
Alex - Bagel Chateau.
Inji - Bagel Chateau.
Where you would love your parents to take you for Parents weekend:
Crystal - 54 Main, the food is amazing and they have a wide variety of meals.
Rachel - South & Pine.
Catherine - 54 Main! If you haven't tried their Nachos you haven't lived yet!
Joie - Osteria Trevi, an amazing (yet expensive) Italian place.
Alex - Shanghai Jazz.
Inji - Il Goccino Ristorante.
Things to do:
Where to go for yoga, exercise classes, or the gym:
Inji - Jolie.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to hang:
Crystal - Outside the EC.
Rachel - In TB Circle (on the blue lawn chairs).
Catherine - The EC (Ehringer Center).
Joie - The Ehinger Center (known as the EC) which acts as a student activity center .
Alex - The Commons.
Inji - The Commons.
Where do you want to go on spring break:
Joie - Miami.
Alex - Miami.
Inji - Morocco.
Night Spot for Music:
Rachel - Dorothy Young Center for the Arts (on campus featuring various student and professional concerts all year round).
Catherine - Grasshopper in Morristown. Sometimes they have live bands on the weekends.
Alex 54 Main.
Inji - Shanghai Jazz.
Where to Stay:
Crystal - The Madison Hotel.
Catherine - My parents always like to stay at the Hyatt House in Morristown. It's a 5-minute drive from school.
Alex - The Madison Hotel.
Inji - The Madison Hotel.
Anything we missed? Tell us more!
Catherine - Madison has a really small-town vibe, but you are just a 10-minute drive from Morristown, Summit, and Florham Park which hosts a variety of restaurants and entertainment. It's the best of both worlds!
Alex - Drew University is a hidden gem. The campus as well as Madison is beautiful, clean and friendly.